ExxonMobil extends contract for Maersk Viking drillship at reduced rate

ExxonMobil extends contract for Maersk Viking drillship at reduced rate

Texas-headquartered ExxonMobil has extended its contract with Danish offshore driller Maersk Drilling for the ultra-deepwater drillship Maersk Viking in the Gulf of Mexico, albeit at a much lower day rate.

The deal pre-empts the ending of the original 2014 contract which is scheduled for July this year.

It is a 150-day extension for the rig, operating in the Julia field 200 miles south of New Orleans in the Walker Ridge area, and is worth $22.5m in total.

That amounts to a day rate of around $150,000, considerably less than the original three-year contract’s rate of $500,000.

Maersk’s statement about the extension acknowledged difficult times in the industry but said it has made cost reductions in recent years.

Donal Scully

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